Yesterday, I posted our Power Word Hopscotch, and I also wanted to share this game that we played to practice my daughter’s vocabulary (or sight words) for Valentine’s Day.
This was a versatile way to play with some of the words she needs to know. Her school calls them power words, so this is our Power Word Pom Pom Toss.
And since it was February when I made it, I just had to do it with cute little hearts!
I picked up some Valentine-colored pom poms and dollies at the dollar store.
Being February, it was easy to find these things in red and pink, but you can often get this stuff when it’s not Valentine’s Day. For example, you can buy heart dollies most of the year, sometimes in the cake baking section of a large retail store, or in a party store, and the pom poms are usually stocked in the craft section all year, though maybe not with little hearts on the label. :)
My daughter had a list of 60 power words, so I bought two packs of 30 dollies each and wrote out each word on a separate heart.
Then we would pick a handful and lay them out on the floor. For the game above, we would call out a word and then try to throw a pom pom onto that word.
Even for me it took a few tries, but that allowed up to repeat the word a few times.
Then, we would trade those few words out for a few others.
Then, we did a game where we would call out each word and hop onto them, kind of like our Power Word Hopscotch from yesterday.
Just be careful with this one, and be sure to put the dollies onto carpet or something similar. If you put them onto tile or some wood floor, they will slip right out from under you when you jump onto them.
And for the younger crowd, like preschoolers, you could substitute individual alphabet letters for the sight words!